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Publication Order of The Trouble with Hating You Books

First Love, Take Two (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Trouble with Hating You (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Knockout (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Sajni Patel
Sajni Patel is a contemporary young adult and romance writer best known for her debut novel The Trouble with Hating You. The India-born author grew up in Texas, surrounded by diversity and loads of delicious meals. Patel draws from her experiences growing up in an Indian home, southern flair, and cultural expectations to create strong protagonists in her writing. While she was an MMA fighter, Patel has mellowed over the years and is now a fan of love stories, rainbows, and puppies. The talented author currently lives in Austin and enjoys reading Marvel comics in her free time. Chocolate and Indian cuisine are her biggest weakness.

The Trouble with Hating You
The Trouble with Hating You stars Liya Thakkar and Jay Shah. Liya is a biochemical engineer, hardworking, and happily single woman. She has just gotten a promotion at work, and thanks to her great savings skills, she can afford the finer things in life. While Liya’s life is almost perfect, her traditional parents, especially her father, think something is lacking. Liya’s father doesn’t like that his daughter lives alone, and there had been rumors going around that she is easy. In an attempt to marry off their daughter, the parents organize a dinner party and invite the man they want for a son-in-law. Liya is not happy about this, and immediately she realizes the party was a setup, she leaves her parents’ house.

Jay Shah is a hot-shot lawyer, good looking, and charming. He can also be infuriating and arrogant when the occasion calls for it. While the dinner at Liya’s house was terrible, he is even more infuriated when he bumps into her in her workplace. It turns out that Liya’s struggling company had hired Jay as their lawyer, which means that these two now have to work together. Liya and Jay start as enemies, but soon their witty banter turns into chats late in the night. Soon enough, these two are spending a lot of time together. Now that humiliating fiasco at Liya’s house has been forgotten, and Jay has transformed into Liya’s knight in shining armor.

The author does the enemies-to-lovers story very well. Nothing is rushed, and we get to see as the emotions thaw, the physical affection develops, and the process as Liya and Jay become friends. Both characters come with their own baggage, and their flaws make them more relatable. Jay is an alpha male in every way, and it is admirable that he is not intimidated by Liya’s strength. Liya is also outstanding, and it is great having a heroine who is focused on her career and happy with her life. The supporting cast is just as amazing. You will love interacting with Preeti, Reema, Sana, and Shilpa. Away from the romance, the author touches on the culture and how it restricts women in certain ways.

The Trouble with Hating You is an intriguing romance story characterized by a great cast, flawless narration, and a solid plot. There are great friendships here and a healthy dose of culture. It is notable how the author delicately handles tough subjects. The pacing is also great, and as you get deeper into the story, you will not want to stop until you find out what happens to Jay and Liya. This book is about 330 pages and is a perfect lazy afternoon read.

The Knockout
The Knockout tells the story of Kareena Thakkar, a seventeen-year-old rising star with big dreams and a brilliant mind to match. Kareena is good at Mua Thai, and when an opportunity to attend the US Muay Thai Open comes her way, she is more than thrilled to take it. She knows that this is a lifetime opportunity that could earn her a spot in the Olympic team. Despite her achievements and love for the game, Kareena has a hard time sharing her excitement with people outside the family. If only her community appreciated this sport as much as she did.

Kareena is a great kid. She does everything possible to make her parents proud, including excelling in school and staying out of trouble. The young lady is also determined to get her family out of debt. Despite all her good qualities, she never felt Indian enough, possibly because of the love of a sport that is considered too rough for girls. Her training is only making things worse. When she starts developing feelings for Amit, Kareena cannot help but wonder if their relationship would survive. What would Amit feel when he learns of her passion and abilities? Will he be comfortable dating a girl who is not as Indian as his parents would want? Can Kareena face her insecurities and admit her feelings for Amit?

Amit Patel is a perfect Indian Boy. He is a bit nerdy, but everyone likes that he is also super smart. Amit has his own teenage issues to deal with, even though he prefers to keep things to himself. Once his friendship with Kareena grows into something else, the nerdy boy turns into her hero. Kareena’s parents are also lovable. They are such a support system to their daughter, and, amazingly, they are willing to sacrifice so much to ensure that she pursues her dream. This book is entertaining for adults, and it comes with a lot of great lessons for young readers. There is a lot of young girls who can identify with and see through Kareena’s eyes.

There are many things that you will love about The Knockout. First, there is the culture and diversity in the cast. Kareena is a delight, and Amit is an easy boy to love. While Kareena and Amit are different, their romance is sweet, and you will be rooting for them throughout the story. It is clear that they still have a lot to learn about life and love, but their self-awareness and courage is admirable. The inspiring sports element gives this book quite an edge, and Kareena’s perseverance is simply inspiring. This contemporary novel will have you hooked from the start. The storyline remains intriguing throughout, making this a hard-to-put-down read.

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